MEDIA: Download hi-res photos of the Tornado Hunters here.
- CMT.ca gets in front of the action with its first ever web series launching Monday, August 18
- Audience determines content for pilot episode by joining the #CMTTornadoHunters conversation @CMTCanada
TORONTO, July 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The unimaginable power of Mother Nature comes to life on Corus Entertainment's CMT (Canada) web series, Tornado Hunters, launching Monday, August 18. Led by Canada's extreme weather chasers Greg Johnson, Chris Chittick and Ricky Forbes, the team tackles the biggest tornadoes in North America, risking their lives capturing one-of-a-kind footage in their indestructible pick-up truck, Flash. Get a sneak peek of Tornado Hunters here.
Viewers will have a first-hand look at the trials and tribulations that come with living a life of storm hunting. From the weight of worry in their personal relationships to facing 300 mile-per-hour winds, the team provides access to some of their most exclusive footage.
Produced by Saloon Media and developed with the participation of the Bell Fund, the five webisodes will be the launching pad for the official broadcast pilot set to air on CMT at a later date. Beginning August 18, CMT.ca will host an interactive campaign, prompting fans to provide their input and join the #CMTTornadoHunters conversation with @CMTCanada. Feedback will be tracked to help shape the upcoming pilot.
The Tornado Hunters are recognized as first responders within the news media and have garnered mainstream popularity throughout the world for their real-time weather expertise and stunning footage of the world's most severe storms. Environment Canada, broadcast meteorologists and audiences globally monitor their newsfeeds and tune into their live web streams regularly to witness the phenomena they are able to capture.
About the Tornado Hunter team
Greg Johnson (@Canadogreg) - As a former staffer on Parliament Hill and marketing executive, Greg left his desk job to pursue his passion and turn his hobby into a business. Greg is the public face of Tornado Hunters and has become one of North America's top professional storm-chasers and severe weather photographers, with his signature nerd goggles and hockey helmet in tow.
Chris Chittick (@ChittickChris) - Chris is the storm-chasing veteran with a cool demeanor. Having starred in the U.S. hit series Storm Chasers, Chris has 15 years of chasing and over 400 tornadoes on his extreme weather resume. Known as the videographer with the steadiest hands in the business, Chris also acts as the chief interpreter of tracking storm data constantly being analyzed by the team. The only American in the group, Chris moved to Saskatchewan to be with his Canadian girlfriend, and is still getting the hang of the metric system.
Ricky Forbes (@ForbesRicky) - Saskatchewan native with movie-star looks, Ricky, takes the driver seat in every adventure, navigating the team fearlessly through each storm. As the resident media whiz, Ricky spearheads the team's online presence that has garnered millions of hits including his most recent "Momma Bear Highway Rescue" video.
Interact with CMT and the Tornado Hunters online:
About CMT Canada
Available in over 9.5 million homes, CMT is Canada's source for country music lifestyle programming. Exploring themes relevant to country music and country music fans, the network offers an exciting mix of comedy and dramatic series, movies and country music news, videos, concerts and specials. CMT's Video Advantage Program, established in 2000, supports the production of original music videos for Canadian artists. The station's website, www.cmt.ca, is Canada's number one website dedicated to country music.
About Saloon Media
Saloon Media is a new world-market factual-entertainment venture specializing in popular, returnable series and high-impact TV specials. Headed by Executive producer Michael Kot with broadcast and production partners around the world, Saloon is set to unveil some of the most talked-about new productions in the cable universe. The spectacular eight-part series Miracles Decoded is skedded for HISTORY in Canada, UK, Poland and India. Next: Tornado Hunters, a pilot already snagged by CMT, will reset the bar for "extreme weather" reality-TV. Finishing production, Handsome Devils (co-pro with UK's BriteSpark Films) about 10 notorious lady-killers. http://www.saloon-media.com/.
For high-resolution images of the Tornado Hunters, please visit here.
SOURCE: Corus Entertainment Inc.
For further information: Catrina Jaricot, Corus Entertainment - Television (CMT), 416.479.6397, [email protected]; Netta Rondinelli, Corus Entertainment - Television (CMT), 416.479.6443, [email protected]; Ingrid Hamilton, Saloon Media, 416.731.3034, [email protected]